NEW NAVY CHIEF TAKES CHARGE Newly appointed Naval Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar hugs his mother during his chargetaking ceremony in New Delhi on Tuesday. He was serving as the Flag Officer Commandingin-Chief of the Western Naval Command before taking the reins of the Navy. He replaced Admiral Karambir Singh who has retired after 41 years of service | PTI | P9 HUBBALLI WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 01, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI GROWTH ENGINE PICKS UP SPEED, GDP JUMPS TO 8.4% Beats expectations in July-Sept quarter, surpasses pre-Covid levels A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi INDIA’s GDP grew 8.4% in the July-September 2021 quarter, on the back of improving private consumption and industrial activities, giving the government hope that growth will be in double digits in the current financial year. The growth has surpassed pre-Covid levels. In value ter ms, GDP stood at `35,73,451 cr during July-September 2021, higher than the `35,61,530 crore recorded in the corresponding period in 2019-20, before Covid. The economy had contracted 7.4% in July-September quarter of 2020-21, data released by the National Statistical Office showed. “Overall growth for the first half has been 13.7%. So, even a little more than 6% growth in the subsequent quarters should be able to deliver double-digit growth for this year,” said Chief Economic Advisor K V Subramanian. This confidence was boosted by the output of the eight core sectors, which grew 7.5% in October against a 0.5% contraction a year ago. Agriculture was steady despite an uneven monsoon, while other sectors showed signs of improvement. Notably, private final consumption expenditure in the economy grew 8.6% growth at `19,48,346 crore against `17,93,863 crore. The government’s final consumption expenditure also grew from `3,32,582 crore to `3,61,616 crore. Experts, however, advise caution. “The disaggregated data is far from convincing, with considerable lags in private and government consumption expenditure being absorbed by a sharp rise in valuables relative to the pre-Covid level of Q2 FY2020,” said Aditi Nayar, chief economist at ICRA. The latest NielsenIQ’s FMCG Snapshot for the third quarter of 2021 narrates a mixed bag consumption story. While the FMCG sector grew at 12.6% in the July-September quarter, the growth was urban led with rural India seeing a slowdown due to consumption decline. SEE GRAPHIC: P12 Unemployment rises to 9.3 per cent in Jan-March New Delhi: The unemployment rate for all ages in urban areas rose to 9.3 per cent in January-March 2021 from 9.1 per cent in the same month of the previous year, showed a periodic labour force survey by the National Statistical Office. Joblessness or unemployment rate is defined as the percentage of unemployed persons in the labour force. P12 Centre monitors Dharwad cluster The Covid cluster at SDM College in Dharwad is one of two such outbreaks in the country that is being monitored by the Union Health Ministry. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan asked genome sequencing committee to speed up sequencing 28 students test positive 15 girl students at two nursing colleges in Tumakuru, six students in Chamarajanagar Institute of Medical Sciences, five students of Nanjappa Nursing College in Shivamogga and two students of a dental college in Belagavi have tested positive RT-PCR must for all int’l travellers EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru ON instructions from Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, the state will henceforth test international travellers from all countries arriving in Karnataka. At present, the RT-PCR test is mandatory for travellers from only those countries where the Omicron Covid variant has been found. The RT-PCR testing started at midnight on Tuesday, stated an official release from the Kempegowda International Airport. Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Tuesday said that around 2,500 international passengers arrive in the state every day and RT-PCR tests will be mandatory for all of them. After the Covid Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting, he said passengers who test negative will be home quarantined for seven days, while symptomatic and negative patients will have to undergo a repeat test at home on the fifth day Asymptomatic passengers will be test. ed again on the seventh day If positive, they will . be immediately hospitalised. Bommai will write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to impose restrictions on travellers from specific CONTINUED ON: P3 countries, he said. NATIONWIDE NOV 29 NOV 30 KARNATAKA NOV 29 NOV 30 Fresh cases 8,309 6,990 Fresh cases 257 291 Recoveries Deaths 9,905 236 10,116 190 Recoveries Deaths 205 5 745 8 EXPRESS READ NLSIU starts 3-year LLB course Revoke suspension of 12 MPs: Oppn leaders Bengaluru: The National Law School of India University is set to start a three-year LLB course, a residential programme that will admit 60 students in the academic year 202223. The course will begin in July 2022. P7 New Delhi: Leaders of 16 opposition parties on Tuesday met Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and urged him to revoke the suspension of 12 opposition MPs from the Upper House. Opposition leaders held a meeting with Mallikarjun Kharge. P9
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